No. 19 Mizzou Softball sweeps Iowa in double-header
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The No. 19 Missouri women's softball team travelled to the University of Iowa Tuesday for a double-header against the Hawkeyes. Mizzou took both games, winning the first 7-1 and the second 11-4. Cheyanne Baxter pitched 4.0 scoreless innnings in relief in game one for the Tigers, while Emily Crane had two home runs and five RBIs in game two.
Tuesday's two wins pushed Mizzou to 31-12 on the season, and 18-8 all-time against the Hawkeyes. Iowa fell to 12-30 on the season.
Game one saw Taylor Gadbois on third base early; the redshirt senior outfielder stole both second and third base after singling to first. Junior Chloe Rathburn brought her home on a sac fly, and the Tigers finished the first inning with a 1-0 lead.
Gadbois continued her spectacular play in the top of the second, singling to shortstop to bring home junior firstbaseman Kirsten Mack, who reached second by stealing, moved to third and then scored the unearned run. Gadbois would steal her third base in two innings, making her way to second as senior outfielder Emily Crane brought her home on a single; the Tigers registered another unearned run.
Junior Natalie Fleming brought home both Rathburn and reshirt senior Sami Fagan in the top of the third to push the Tigers' lead to 5-0.
After two lackluster innings, the Hawkeyes were finally able to get on the board in the third when Kaitlyn Mullarky scored on a Sammi Gyerman single. The inning would end when Holly Hoffman fouled out.
The fourth and fifth innings were empty frames for both teams, with the Tigers owning a 5-1 lead going into the sixth. Freshman infielder Kolby Romaine homered in the top of the sixth, bringing home both herself and freshman outfielder Regan Nash. That would be the last score of game one as the Tigers took it 7-1.
Iowa hit .125 during game one compared to Mizzou's .308. Iowa made two errors during the game. Freshman pitcher Erin Riding had the loss for the Hawkeyes, allowing eight hits. Baxter earned the win.
Game two began in a similar fashion for the Tigers- they took a two run lead in the top of the first off of a Crane homer. She brought home her and Gadbois, who had stolen her fourth base of the day. In the bottom of the first, Gyerman brought home sophomore outfielder Cheyenne Pratt. The Tigers ended the first inning with a 2-1 lead.
Gadbois stole her fifth base in inning two for the Tigers, and was brought home by Crane's homer. Rathburn then brought home Fagan, while Cosette Tomita, who was pinch-running for sophmore thirdbaseman Amanda Sanchez, was brought across by Nash. The Tigers had a 6-1 lead going into the top of the third.
They then pushed their lead to 7-1 in the third when Crane scored Gadbois again, who had stolen yet another base for the Tigers.
The Hawkeyes were finally able to retaliate in the bottom of the fourth, scoring three runs. It was Hoffman who crossed home first on an unearned run off a throwing error. Sophomore outfielder Sarah Kurtz singled, and two more unearned runs for the Hawkeyes crossed.
The Tigers pushed their lead to 11-4, scoring four runs in the top of the seventh. Gadbois singled up the middle scoring sophomore infielder Sydney Sprague. Fagan singled and was able to get to second, scoring sophomore infielder Paige Bange, while Gadbois was thrown out at home. Rathburn singled as Fagan and Crane both scored unearned.
Taylor Gadbois finished the day with six stolen bases for the Tigers. Crane and Gadbois both hit 3-4 during game two for the Tigers. Freshman RHP Danielle Baumgartner got the win for the Tigers, pitching 4.2 innings and giving up 5 hits. Junior pitcher Elizabeth Wiegand registered the loss for the Hawkeyes, allowing 9 hits in 5.1 innings pitched.
The Tigers next play Saturday, April 23rd against Texas A&M at home at University Field at 3:30 p.m.